Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Transition Team/2013/Connectors list

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This is a page for us to brainstorm names of potential connectors for the recruiter. "Connectors" are people who have big networks that include people who might be good candidates for the job. The recruiter will reach out to connectors as they begin the search, to get help brainstorming names of people who might be appropriate for the job.

Please give below the person's name, some information about them (where they work/who they are) and contact information if it's okay to publicly disclose. (For example if their e-mail address is publicly known you can put it here: if not, you might put down where they work or their linked-in profile, so the recruiter can find them that way.) We will deliver this info to the recruiter once they are selected.

There is no deadline for this list, once a recruiter has been selected they will look here for updates.


Wikimedia Foundation Advisory Board[edit]

People who have run similar free-culture organizations[edit]

Former Wikimedia Foundation Board members[edit]

(excluding those already listed elsewhere on this page)

Wikimedia chapters board members[edit]

(also Wikimedia Thematic Organizations)
  • All of them
  • ...


  • MacKenzie Smith, new university librarian at UC Davis, well connected in the library/information/open-knowledge technology world, and a Creative Commons fellow.
  • Cliff Lynch, director of the Coalition for Networked Information, longtime libraries/information & education tech leader
  • Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado), longtime Wikipedian & Wikimedian/Wikimedia observer, journalism professor at USC.
  • David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, "huge fan" of Wikipedia, keynote speaker from Wikimania 2012.
  • Alex Bayley (User:Skud), longtime Wikimedian and free culture/free software leader, founder of Growstuff
  • Vivek Kundra, formerly U.S. Chief Information Officer
  • Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College and effective advocate for improving the gender ratio in STEM fields